BCHLA Blog


Not Dazzled by the Oscars

February 20, 2017 Vancouver Students Call Out Movies that are #NotSmokingHot!   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2017 (Vancouver) - In the lead up to the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards night, there’s one group that isn’t dazzled. Students at Vancouver’s David Thompson High School are calling out movies that are “#NotSmokingHot” in an effort to raise awareness about smoking in movies and how it entices youth to start the deadly...MediaRead More >

The kids are not alright:

January 31, 2017 How the food and beverage industry is marketing our children and youth to death. Once upon a time marketing to kids mostly meant commercials on Saturday morning; many adults have fond memories of ads that featured cartoon characters from their favourite sugary cereals. Television commercials are still a major ad platform and mascots still hawk sweet bowls of breakfast food, but today’s kids are bombarded with food and beverage marketing...Read More >

Let’s #MoveBC

January 24, 2017 In BC, active transportation and public transit are always a hot topic. Walking and cycling routes are seen as a blessing by those who use them, but as a curse for those whom they inconvenience. Public transit, on the other hand, is known for being crowded in the city and infrequent in small towns, yet it is an important people-mover as 263 million transit trips are taken throughout BC every...Read More >

Children at Play

The Doctor says …there’s more we can do to #MakeBCHealthier4Kids

November 21, 2016 Two weeks ago, Dr Perry Kendall, BC’s ‘top doc’ (as the media commonly refer to our Provincial Health Officer) gave the children of BC a little check-up and it turns out their health is just fine…well, kind of.  On average, BC’s children and youth appear to be fairly healthy in some ways but others are less so. The report, ‘Is Good, Good Enough? The Health and Well-being of Children &...Read More >

Food Security for Families

Ripe for Change – Food Insecurity in BC

November 14, 2016 On December 6th, BCHLA hosted a webinar on food insecurity in BC. Affordable, healthy food is essential to a healthy life.  But when food quality or quantity is compromised it creates stress and ultimately negative health consequences. People living on low incomes have a much higher risk of developing chronic disease and experiencing poor health overall - a big part of this is related to diet and food quality. Healthy...WebinarRead More >

“Trick or Treat?”

October 25, 2016 Hallowe’en has already landed at my house with bats and pumpkins up on every window. Physical activity levels were way up on Friday night at the elementary school dance, where my older child danced with friends and the younger one spent two hours running around in some elaborate game of chase with his grade one pals. I’m not sure how many calories can be burned bobbing for apples, but all...Read More >

Extreme Marketing has Canadian Teens Drinking over a Kilo in Sugar per Month!

October 5, 2016 Recently, my son asked me to buy him a sports drink after baseball practice with a sideways glance to see if I would bite. He followed with a flurried explanation about being sweaty after running around and some mumbling about electrolytes and his muscles. He whined and pleaded after my predictable answer that ‘water is the best drink for an athlete.’ But his question and approach illustrates what is seen...Read More >

Communities on the move declaration

Sign our Communities on the Move Declaration

September 20, 2016 CREATING SMART, FAIR AND HEALTHY TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR ALL BC COMMUNITIES Go here to sign our Communities on the Move Declaration and join us in our combined commitment to a healthier British Columbia for all.   VISION  We envision that in 10 years, neighbourhoods across BC will be connected by transportation systems that make it easy, safe and enjoyable to get around whether by walking, biking, public transit, driving, ride-sharing...Read More >

You’ve Got to Move it, Move it! – Building Communities that Motivate People to Walk and Bike

June 23, 2016 On June 23rd, BC Healthy Living Alliance together with our partners at the Real Estate Foundation of BC hosted an exciting webinar on healthier built environments. Given that communities that make walking and biking more convenient and comfortable for people also make it easier for people to be healthier.   The webinar focused on research and tools that can help build support for healthier communities. Angus McAllister laid the context with...WebinarRead More >

Working on Wellness Campaign Poster

Men’s Health Matters – In the Home, at the Park and in the Workplace!

June 16, 2016 This week is Men’s Health Week in Canada supported by the guys over at the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation. BCHLA, and especially those of us working on the WoW project, couldn’t agree more with their tagline – 'Men’s Health Matters'. And we love their approach to include men’s health as an added component of family health.  In the week leading up to Father’s Day, I think we can all agree...Read More >